Dalbin Osorio with thoughts on Darrelle Revis’ NFL career…
Eric Mangini gave the New York Jets their core four, similar to how the Yankees had them. In a lot of ways, and in never-really-stated ways, Mangini is the architect for a Jets era that included two winning seasons under him and two AFC Title Game appearances under former Head Coach Rex Ryan. That run of sustained success, the most this franchise has ever seen, began with Mangini’s Core Four.
There was the Hitman David Harris, the Silent Assassin D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and the All-Pro Nick Mangold. The fourth was a cornerback from the University of Pittsburgh, who some scours deemed hadn’t played any real competition (the best WR he covered while at Pitt was Louisville’s Mario Urrutia), and others said he reminded them of Patriots great Ty Law. Darrelle Revis, now that it is over, turned out to be the best of them all. A mercenary out of the state of Pennsylvania, Mike Tannenbaum traded up in round one to get the guy who would go on to become the greatest corner to ever play the game.
Dalbin Osorio on why Josh Rosen should never “just shut up and throw”
“That’s just not me,” Josh Rosen says of the designer labels offered to him during an ESPN The Magazine shoot.
In a word: no. It is not him, just like him having to shut up and throw is not him. Josh Rosen, the best QB in this draft to this writer, has been heavily scrutinized more for what happens to him off the field than anything that could happen to him on the field. Before they even mention the 61% completion rate, they talk about the hat he wore to send a message on a golf course. Without discussing his two to one interception ratio, they rip apart his comments defending current Jacksonville Jaguar RB Leonard Fournette for not playing in a Bowl Game. Rosen openly talks about wanting to win multiple Super Bowls, and the retort becomes “he didn’t even win a Pac 12 title.” That is maybe the only time the criticism is kept on the field. You hear their tone though: less is more, they say, and Rosen needs to start giving less.
Dalbin Osorio on why Darron Lee has not been worth the trouble so far…
The New York Jets are entering year three of the Todd Bowles/Mike Maccagnan Era and are under 100 days from kicking this thing off. The Jets are attempting an earnest rebuild, if you ignore them choosing to pay Josh McCown six million dollars to teach Christian Hackenberg how to propel himself into the endzone while an underachieving safety and an undersized inside linebacker dive right at him. This was supposed to be year one of that actual rebuild, but the Jets cannot seem to get out of their own way. Even as the Jets randomly released long time starter and defensive leader David Harris on June 6th, it is still not the strangest event involving an inside linebacker in the last 72 hours.
Dalbin Osorio on the New York Jets decision to how to handle quarterback Christian Hackenberg
Fans will have you believe that second round picks, and maybe they mean positions other than quarterback, don’t typically sit for an entire year. They will also have you believe that every QB taken after round one has a better chance of becoming Tom Brady than the guys taken in round one. Historically, first round quarterbacks are more successful because coaches typically have more reason to invest in those QBs.
Coaches are more patient, and with good reason as the financial commitment to the first round QBs used to be potentially crippling to a franchise. Now, with the rookie slots it is easier to miss on first round picks. Still, if you hit on a QB things suddenly look better. The Philadelphia Eagles traded the farm for Carson Wentz and, despite their losing season, feel good about the direction they are headed in. The Cowboys have a young signal caller in Dak Prescott that has led them to the top seed in the NFC and homefield advantage through the playoffs. These are the examples the fans use to say “look, THIS is why you play Christian Hackenberg.”
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Dalbin Osorio on the untimely passing of former New York Jets RB Joe McKnight
Tragedy struck yesterday as former New York Jets Running Back Joe McKnight was gunned down in Louisiana. As eyewitnesses have their accounts trickle in, it seems like this was something that could’ve easily been avoided and did not have to happen the way it did. With the tenor of the country the way it is, you can’t help but initially question why a 54 year old white man felt he had to ignore a young black man’s apology, shoot this young black man once, drag him out of his car, and unload what eyewitnesses said was three more shots while standing over him.
We don’t know what McKnight’s murderer was thinking, and we don’t know if there will be things that come out in the next couple of days that provide some kind of context in a social media era that sorely needs context due to the echo chamber that currently exists. At best, it was a road rage incident that turned deadly and at worst it was an execution of a 28 year old young man who was a brother, a teammate, and a friend.
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Dalbin Osorio on frustration with the reaction to Josh Brown comparatively to other issues around the league…
The NFL feels like it is at a crossroads, much like the rest of the country, with its ratings as low as they’ve been over the last decade and the product on the field suffering from a lack of quality talent at its most important position. There have been more eyes on what goes on outside the boundaries of an NFL game. Commissioner Roger Goodell is being scrutinized for focusing on player celebrations and not doing enough to combat dirty hits from repeat offenders like Vontaze Burfict.
The NFL is also under more scrutiny due to the pending CTE lawsuit and the, at times, inconsistent and hypocritical nature that the game is refereed and policed. As our society continues to evolve and becomes more tolerant at times, the NFL punishes a player more games for smoking marijuana than it does for a player that allegedly abused his partner. It is a weird dynamic and one that is on full display in New York this week.
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Dalbin Osorio with a TOJ Sidelines on the New York Jets poor PR handling of the Ryan Fitzpatrick negotiation
The New York Jets begin mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 14th. It is widely assumed that that is the next deadline to watch for the Jets and last year’s starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets have made their desire to resign Fitzpatrick clear through press conferences and sweeping proclamations about him being their starter but their offer has not budged since March.
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